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Adobe InDesign – Part 1

This Adobe InDesign course will introduce you to the features and uses of Adobe InDesign. Industry-standard best practices are taught to create single-page layouts and multi-page documents. Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to bring your own text and images to create layouts for flyers, newsletters, brochures and more.

No previous knowledge of Adobe InDesign is necessary, however, you do need a basic knowledge of how to use an Apple Mac computer.


We are currently confirming times and dates for this course. Please register your interest below or contact us for more information.

What topics are covered?

You will learn ways to perform common design tasks, including layout, using images, logos and fonts. A number of projects will be undertaken, but there is room for you to work on materials of your own.

Topics include: Overview of InDesign; Viewing and understanding the workspace; Navigate and magnify document; Rulers, guides and the built in grids; Smart guides; Creating new documents; How to set up correctly up a single and multiple page print document; Working with the master pages and adding automatic page numbers; Selecting, Grouping and transforming objects; Organise your page by using layers; Learn how to create and modify a text frames; Managing over set text and threading text frames; Formatting text using paragraph and character style sheets; Using the spell checkers; Adding special characters; Creating basic shapes, and setting the fill and stroke; Placing images; Frame fitting options and frame shapes; Creating colour swatches, define colours in CMYK, RGB, or Spot; Creating, applying and modifying gradients; Adding transparency to items on a page; Identifying common file formats; Using the Package feature to deliver to a service user; Re-linking images and updating; Applying text wrap around images; Adjusting PSD import options; Inserting anchored objects and Inline graphics into text flows; Adding type to paths and drawn shapes; Creating a table of contents that updates automatically; Applying paragraph rules in a style; Creating bulleted and numbered lists, exploring how these can be customised; Adding footnotes to documents; Managing long documents and creating book files; Working with the Pen and pencil tools; Using the Pathfinder palette to combine shapes; Creating tables; Styling tables and cells; Add rows and columns; Building documents such as interactive PDFs and EPUBS; Creating bookmarks and hyperlinks in an Interactive publication; Placing buttons in an Interactive publication; Placing movies in an Interactive publication; Exporting InDesign files for different media; Editing PDF presets, learning about PDF/X-1a ISO and PDF/X-4; Using and customising Preflight settings; Packaging InDesign documents for output.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is aimed at people who have either a work or leisure requirement for learning. Some previous experience of InDesign is assumed. You should note that our studios are equipped with Apple Macintosh computers, and that while basic instruction will be given in how to use them, this will not be the focus of the course – if you’re new to Mac computers, support is available online from Apple (https://support.apple.com/en-gb/explore/new-to-mac).

Who will be my tutor?

Stephen Spicer

How will I learn?

Tutorials: the first few sessions will be tutor-led and the later sessions will be printed tutorials which allows flexibility for different learning styles.

Experimentation: working by yourself. Working with other students. You will be assessed by informal discussion and targets will be suggested.

Which department is this course in?

Department of Creative Arts and Enterprise

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What do I need to bring?

A memory stick is required, we recommend a minimum size of 16GB.

What else do I need to know?

When you have been enrolled on your course you will receive a confirmation email containing information about where to go, campus information, parking and the Student Code of Conduct. This email will be sent to the email address provided in the online booking.You will be required to wear a photographic ID badge at all times when in College. Please email a passport style photograph stating your full name and course title in the subject line to StudentID@bathcollege.ac.uk

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you enrol on your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check the term dates.

Cancelling your enrolment

If you have to cancel your enrolment please notify us by email: info@bathcollege.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Refunds will not be issued if a learner is unable to attend due to a change of mind including concerns about Covid-19, accommodation, domestic circumstances, work commitments or if the College requires a learner to leave for reasons of conduct.

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Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

How do I enrol?

You can enrol on this course:

Online: Click the "Add to Cart" button to enrol online.
Phone: Call 01225 328720 during our opening hours
Post: Download the Love2learn Learning Agreement and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.
In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

Please see how to enrol for more detailed information.

4 reviews for Adobe InDesign – Part 1

  1. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Great course. Very informative.

  2. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    It was a really helpful course, teaching me the basics of InDesign so I now feel confident to create my own designs and projects.

  3. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Lots of information, lots of tricks and learnt about things I had never heard of. All noted and absorbed. Thanks very much!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Excellent – 5 star

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